Back in the Saddle

Posted on May 4, 2012. Filed under: Running | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m back in the saddle again.  And I’m not talking Gene Autry, I’m talking Aerosmith.   It’s been a great week of running, biking, swimming, strength training.  Oh yeah, and all the other stuff that seems to get in the way of training.

Guess I really did need a week off.   I heard from several people after last week’s post who said that I probably needed to listen to my body, take time off, and give it the rest it needed.

Now, I know my body is a lot smarter than I am, and I know I should listen to it.  I try to.  But my mind always seems to get in the way.  I sometimes picture my mind to be like Death in Family Guy, pointing its sickle at me every time I hit my snooze button or shut off the alarm and pull the covers over my head.  Sometimes I wish it too would twist its ankle and get laid up for a week or two.

But I am my own worst enemy and my own worst critic.  You see, my mind has a plan, a course of action I should follow.  A vision of what will be.  And so I set an expectation for myself, a standard I should meet, and then I work really hard to get there.  But some days don’t allow for my plan.  Some days I am reminded that there are forces larger than me that have a bigger (and better) plan in mind.

Not that I’m a control freak.  I am generally very laid back.  But when it comes to meeting my expectations of myself I am relentless.  On the days my body tells me to shut off the alarm and go back to sleep, for instance, my mind wakes right up and starts a long conversation about dedication and work ethic. Which spirals into a monologue about character and integrity.  Before I know it, I’m staring at the ceiling wide awake, feeling bad.  Relentless.

So I am developing a new plan of action:  learn to rest my mind along with my body.   And, more important, when it comes to beating myself up, stay off my high horse.  It’s more enjoyable in the saddle.

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